Bolt a hit at World Expo

November 17, 2021
Usain Bolt at World Expo 2020 in Dubai.
Usain Bolt at World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Sporting legend Usain Bolt brought an extra air of excitement to the Jamaica Pavilion at World Expo Dubai 2020 last weekend.

The sprint legend was guest of Pepsico/Gatorade at the Expo last Saturday, where he participated in the Run the World Family Run charity event.

The Bolt Pavilion, managed by Gatorade, paid homage to sporting legends like Usain Bolt, who used, and continue to use, the beverage to replenish themselves in training and competitions.

Essie Gardner, commissioner general of section, said that Bolt brought an additional air of excitement to the already popular Jamaica Pavilion, as visitors not only got to learn of his accomplishments in sport while representing Jamaica but also meet the living legend.

"We are, undoubtedly, a very popular Pavilion. We are on public media at least once a week, we are requested by many schools and our visitor numbers are consistently above average. Yes, Usain Bolt attracted many visitors, many of whom we had to turn away due to capacity, but the people in the Pavilion were in awe. Some persons literally cried upon meeting him," Gardner said.

"He did a guided tour of the Pavilion, interacted with the persons who were visiting, made himself available for photo opportunities and signed memorabilia. He was pleased seeing himself represented in the sports zone of the Pavilion. He reflected on some of the moments captured on video and the fact that we had his maquette on show. He even tweeted on the visit himself," Gardner said.

World Expo 2020 Dubai is being held from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, under the theme 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future'. Jamaica's delegation in Dubai includes representatives from the ministries of tourism and culture, gender, entertainment and sport.

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